Rainy Day Activities: Indoor Fun!

This list of activities is perfect for rainy days and indoor play!

The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You!

Crayola 64 Ct Crayons

Disney Frozen Floor Puzzle (46-Piece) 24″ x 36″

Picture Charades for Kids – No Reading Required! – An Imaginative Twist on a Classic Game Now for Young Children

Family Scavenger Hunt in a Box – Indoor Fun for Kids and Adults Together

Hot Potato Electronic Musical Passing Game

Bop It XT Carabiner Game

Learn to Latch Hook Book & Set

Crayola Ultimate Art Case with Easel

Origami Fun Kit for Beginners

Must Have Toys to Keep Kids Active This Summer (Under $20)

I am always looking for ideas and products to help keep my kids busy during summer break.  Here are inexpensive toy ideas to help keep our kids healthy and and active during the summer.  Each product is currently priced at less than $20 on Amazon (Amazon prices are subject to change).

Summer Toys

1. Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler

2. Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Grub Scouts Sprinkler

3. Toysmith Magnifying Bug Viewer

4. Water Bomb Factory

5. Spot it! Splash Card Game

6. My First Flybar – Pogo Jumper

7. Champion Sports Ring Toss Set

8. Melissa & Doug 8 Activity Cones

9. Crayola Washable Sidewalk Neon Paint

10. Ultra Stomp Rocket


What toys and activities do you use to avoid boredom during the summer?




Family Travel to Carlsbad, CA With ResorTime

Disclaimer: Some aspects of this vacation were complementary.  All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

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If you’ve been here for a while, you know that Hubs and I have a goal of at least one family trip each year.  It don’t have to be extravagant or expensive but we want the kids to experience different things and places.  I was bit very early on with the travel bug so I want to share that with my family.  Hubs was on the opposite spectrum in his youth, travelling rarely, and he wants to give our kids more opportunities than he had, in regards to travel.

Family Travel California

This year we packed all the kids up into the minivan and headed to California.  I have been to many parts of CA but never Carlsbad, which is just north of San Diego (I place I have visited more than 20 times).  Carlsbad is laid back, quiet and really family oriented.  Let’s not forget, Carlsbad is home to LEGOLAND and I have three boys 5 and under.  I’d been considering a trip to LEGOLAND and wanted to do it before our oldest, the only girl, turned 13 and undoubtedly became a ‘too cool’ teenager.  Regardless, I knew she’d enjoy travelling and the beach. (Spoiler:  She had a ton of fun at LEGOLAND, too).

Carlsbad, CA Hotel

I won’t bore you with the travel details.  We  Hubs drove, kids drove us crazy, I packed too many snacks and we hit traffic.  All things we’d planned for.  We arrived about 30 minutes before our check-in time at Seapointe Resort, a ResorTime partner, but we were able to get right in and get our room keys right away.  I was given the run down of amenities, parking instructions, and info all about the resort and off I went to check out our home away from home for the next few days.

Budget Travel Tips

Our two bedroom condo with full kitchen was amazing!  Our family of six was just right for the two bedroom- we put the kids in one room, while Hubs and I claimed the master suite with the ocean view (all units faced the ocean, which was just across the street).  The kids quickly made the living area into a play room and made themselves right at home.  I brought some stuff for snacks but decided to head to the nearby grocery store to buy some items for meals, I knew spending some money at the store and utilizing the full kitchen would help us stay within budget.

Save Money On Vacation

Staying within budget is the only option for our big family when it comes to vacationing (or anything, really) so before I book any hotels I check out what they offer.  Having to take a family of 6 out to eat for each meal is a deal breaker; so high on my list of needs is a kitchen.  Location is another huge factor when booking a vacation spot.  We save money by using free shuttles or being close enough to local activities to walk.  Searching on ResorTime makes finding the perfect place for you and your families needs super simple.  You can find places in almost any location you are looking for, not just Carlsbad, CA (though, I highly recommend it for a family vacation).

Family Vacation in California

We spent the next couple of days enjoying the activities at Seapointe Resort, playing on the beach, relaxing, borrowing movies from the front desk, grilling and cooking and we even got to check out Grand Palisades Resort (which is a 7 min walk to LEGOLAND) and also a ResorTime resort.  The kids kept referring to our room(s)/condo as ‘home’ and even after we came back to Arizona, my youngest kept asking about our “California home”.  It really did feel like home!

Vacationing with Family

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“Come Back to Mimi’s” Promo at Mimi’s Cafe

We are huge fans of Mimi’s Cafe; there is one 5 minutes from our home (and there are lots of options for our nephew with food-allergies).  Mimi’s Cafe is rewarding children right now as a part of their new “Come Back to Mimi’s” promotions.

The next time your child visits Mimi’s Cafe, he or she will get a special invitation back for all the free pancakes they can eat on their next visit (if your kids don’t love pancakes like mine do, no worries!  Mimi’s will treat them to another kid meal).


As of this week, kids who are dining with their parents (or any other adults) will get a flyer at the end of their meal, inviting them back for an All You Can Eat Free Kids Pancake Dinner, available to children under the age of 12 with an adult purchase of an entrée of $10 or more.

Mimi’s likes adults, too, so they’re being invited back, too — with a special $5 off their next visit, which will be found at the bottom of their guest check.

I am so excited about this promotion because dining out with our growing family can get expensive!


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Cross Country Cafe: Deals on K-Cups and More

I live off coffee.  I don’t just enjoy it occasionally, I look forward to it each morning.  Hubs and I were so lucky to receive a Keurig as a wedding gift a few months back and I started buying up K-cups!  I did find that they could certainly add up; but I kept looking for amazing deals (hey, it’s what I do) and I found Cross Country Café.  This site has smoking deals on K-cups, whole bean or ground coffee and even brewers.  I love the selection of K-cups and when I saw the Donut House Chocolate Glazed Donut flavor I knew it’d be good.  I was right!  So right, in fact, that I catch Hubs brewing up my cups! Just kidding, of course, what’s his is mine and what’s mine is mine….hehehe.



The clearance section is ever changing and can get you K-cups at a steal of a price but even the regularly priced options are the cheapest I’ve found.  These cost $13.75 for a 24 pack.  That’s .57cents per cup.  Plus, spend $59.00 or more items and your coffee ships for free!!

There’s also Wacky Wensdays, where there is a featured product at an amazing price.  Connect with Cross Country Café via Facebook for up to date deals!

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